Large gaggle of geese – Courtesy Stanisław Wężyk

Geese spend the greater part of the day foraging for food, which is primarily obtained by grazing.  They are effective weeders because they like grasses better than most broadleaf plants. Geese are environmentally friendly and eat slugs, snails and worms as well as  berries. During the 1950s in the United States geese were used to weed cotton fields:

A Few Geese Facts: A group or flock of geese is called a gaggle and baby geese are goslings. A male goose is a gander and a female is referred to as a goose. The large majority of breeds including the Pilgrim, Pomeranian and Toulouse were developed from the Wild Grey or Graylag Goose (genus Anser anser) in Europe. The African Goose and Chinese Goose (Anser cygnoides) descend from the Wild Swan Goose. Geese adapt  equally well to cold or hot climates, providing they have shade and access to water. During the winter months the knob or facial protuberance at the base of the bill on Chinese Geese otherwise known as the Domestic Swan Goose is susceptible to frostbite in freezing temperatures. The Domestic Swam Goose also has more vertebrae in their neck than most other breeds. Additionally, they are chatty and known as “watch dogs.”

To learn how to train stockdogs to work geese please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor: 

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